Fantasy Impact: The Edmonton Oilers have traded center Shawn Horcoff to Dallas in exchange for Philip Larsen and a late round draft pick.
The Stars get:
An overpaid but very good two-way center with a lot of good qualities. Horcoff would be better suited to a $2.5 or $3 million contract, but Dallas can afford to take on his cap hit for the next two years ($5.5 million). His actual salary is a lot lower, as the Oilers front-loaded the per year salary amount in this contract. Horcoff is extremely fit and is known for his strong work ethic, and he will be a great leadership presence on a very young team in Dallas (along with Ray Whitney, Erik Cole, and a few other veterans).
Ideally, Horcoff slides in on line three. What does this mean for Cody Eakin? Perhaps Rich Peverley stays at right wing? This signing gives Lindy Ruff a lot of options up front.
Dallas has essentially added three NHL caliber centers in the span of a few hours. Here's a picture of Jim Nill at work today:
And I don’t think Nill is close to being done yet, either.
The Oilers get:
An undersized but mobile defenseman who fell out of favour in Dallas last season. Larsen has NHL qualities, but needs to be placed in the right role with the right partner. He is overmatched against most NHL forwards from a physical standpoint, but he skates and moves the puck very well.
More on Larsen from the Edmonton Journal:
Larsen played third-pairing minutes for the Stars at even-strength in 2013, and saw trace amounts of time both shorthanded and on the power play. Unsurprisingly, he mostly saw opposition depth lines, though he did start far more regularly in his own zone than the offensive zone. He fell slightly below the team average in terms of on-ice shot numbers. He had performed better in 2011-12, though, playing similar minutes but with the Stars posti